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T H E S C A R L E TL E T T E R
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customs ith them from the old country. And in the early
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yearso f B oston, n t he s tate f M assachusetts, c hurch
is strong- and unforgiving.Anyonewho breaksthe laws
of t he c hurch,a nd o f G od, m ust b e p unished.
But H ester P rynne,w hose husbandi s n ot h er b aby's
father,d id n ot s in a lone.I Tho i s t he f ather o f h er c hild?
'Why
doeshe not speakout?'uflhyshouldHesterwear the
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O X F O R D B O O K N Y O R M SL I B R A R Y

Classics

The S carlet L etter
Stage4 ( 1400h eadwords)

Series ditor: J ennifer B assett
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Founder Editor: T ricia H edge
Activities E ditors: J ennifer B assetta nd C hristine L indop

NATHANIEL

HA'ITTHORNE

The S carletL etter

Retold b y
John E scott
lllustrated by
Thomas S perling

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Salem, y h ome town . . .

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1 Hester P rynne'ss hame
z Roger C hillingworth's s ecret

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A f atherless hild
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4 A m an s ent b y t he d evil

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5 A n ight o n t he s caffold

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7 A w alk i n t he f orest

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8 Hope f or t he f uture

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